Black Men Rally In D.C. For 20th Anniversary Of Million Man March
Black men from around the nation are gathering on the National Mall to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March and call for policing reforms and changes in black communities.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who spearheaded the original march, will lead an anniversary gathering Saturday at the Capitol called the "Justice or Else" march.
"I plan to deliver an uncompromising message and call for the government of the United States to respond to our legitimate grievances," Farrakhan said in a statement.
Attention has been focused on the deaths of unarmed black men since the shootings of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012 in Florida and 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Deaths of unarmed black males at the hands of law enforcement officers have inspired protests under the "Black Lives Matter" moniker around the country.
The original march on Oct. 16, 1995, brought hundreds of thousands to Washington to pledge to improve their lives, their families and their communities. Women, whites and other minorities were not invited to the original march, but organizers say all are welcome Saturday and that they expect to get hundreds of thousands of participants.
The National Park Service estimated the attendance at the original march to be around 400,000, but subsequent counts by private organizations put the number at 800,000 or higher. The National Park Service has refused to give crowd estimates on Mall activities since.
President Barack Obama, who attended the first Million Man March, will be in California on Saturday.
Life has improved in some way for African-American men since the original march, but not in others. For example: The unemployment rate for African-American men in October 1995 was 8.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In September it was 8.9 percent.
-In 1995, 73.4 percent of African-American men had high school degrees. In 2004, 84.3 percent did, according to the Census Bureau.
-Law enforcement agencies made 3.5 million arrests of blacks in 1994, which was 30.9 percent of all arrests, the FBI said. (By comparison, they made 7.6 million arrests of whites that year, which was 66 percent of all arrests.) By 2013, the latest available data, African-American arrests had decreased to 2.5 million, 28 percent of all arrests.
Chanting the chorus of Kendrick Lamar‘s incendiary single “Alright” as they raised fists and handmade signs into the cool fall air, demonstrators took to the streets of Washington D.C. Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. Protesting protesting state-sanctioned racial injustice, police brutality and the systemic racism that continues to beleaguer American society.
Social media posts captured the scene, including a few moving seconds of the “Alright” refrain..
#TEAMJANET! VOTE for Janet Jackson to be inducted into The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame!
I am proud to announce Janet Jackson is a nominee for The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Yasss! And from now until December 9th, fans can vote right here for the nominees YOU like to see inducted.
Janet has sold over 160 million records, is one of the best-selling artists in history, and still holds the record for the most consecutive Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 by a female artist with 18.
#TEAMEMPIRE: Empire Fans do you find this pic….Inappropriate?
There’s a popular Instagram Account handled by a group named theindustryonblast_ and they came across this IG Video posted by Lee Daniels. It shows him and shirtless rapper/actor Bryshere Gray who visited with him in his trailer on the set of ‘Empire’.
‘Allegedly’ some on Instagram is buzzing about the inappropriateness of the video.
WATCH FOR YOURSELF HERE
I see nothing really wrong here. But what are your thoughts?
I see nothing really wrong here. But what are your thoughts?
IS THIS A SCANDALOUS INTERVIEW? Kerry Washington Wishes Olivia Pope To Just Be A Human Being, Not Just A Black Woman.
In a new ‘eye popping’ interview...."Scandal" starlet Kerry Washington sat down with Yahoo’s Style Sessions to chop it up about her ground breaking role in the hit ABC series.Olivia Pope’s character is one of the pioneering roles that has helped changed the game as far as black women being portrayed in powerful roles on television.
When talking about Olivia’s significance, the 38-year-old actress said he hopes to see Olivia be considered as a powerful human being and NOT just a powerful woman of color. She said,
“That’s not something that’s happened in almost 40 years. In my lifetime, it hadn’t happened!” Washington says, reflecting on the advancement that her character represents in the entertainment industry. She goes on, with conviction: “I love that it isn’t a part of the conversation anymore. We’re not really talking about how it’s rare to see a black woman on television anymore, because it’s all over the place. Olivia Pope is surrounded by powerful, strong, amazing women on television and so maybe she can stop being a woman of color and be a human being.”
While I understand what Kerry is trying to say, why can't Olivia be both? What are your thoughts?
#RHoA: Kandi Burruss Says Cynthia Bailey and Porsha Williams Fight “Is Good TV”
We just love Kandi for always keeping it 100. Our friends at HipHollywood caught up with the RHOA star in Atlanta Thursday afternoon, and she told them what fans can expect from the upcoming season, including that altercation between Porsha Williams and Cynthia Bailey.
“It’s good TV, ” Burruss jokingly said before elaborating on the spat which lead to Bailey kicking Williams in the stomach. “I think it was one of those arguments that kind of got out of control, it wasn’t even initially them arguing,” said Kandi before comparing it to the now infamous incident between she Cynthia, Peter and Todd that almost led to a fight. “I feel like it was other people who were going back and forth, and [that energy] transferred and then they started having words.” “Cynthia said she felted threatened,” added Kandi with a hearty laugh.
Following the incident that occurred in September while the ladies were at a boat party, Williams was taken via ambulance to the hospital. A source told us exclusively that Porsha was “sent home quickly.” She has since decided not to press charges against Bailey
The Queen Bee Lil Kim and The Hip Hop Stars came out to The 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards!
The 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards took place at the Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta on Friday (Oct. 9).
According to the Associated Press, Diddy rocked the mic alongside Lil Kim and Styles P. The rap mogul debuted a new song called “Workin’,” which will probably appear on his next solo project under his new deal with Epic Records. But ca we focus on Lil Kim! Mama looks good!
Future also performed at the show albeit it was taped before Friday’s ceremony. The Freebandz leader rapped several of his hits, including “March Madness” and “Where Ya At.” Unfortunately, his partner-in-rhyme Drake was a no-show at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.
Other performances include T.I. and Young Dro who performed his street anthem “We In Da City.” Rappers Rich Homie Quan, Dej Loaf, Travis Scott, O.T. Genesis and iHeart Memphis also graced the stage.
Finally, the man of the hour Scarface was in the building to accept the prestigious I Am Hip-Hop Award for his venerable career in hip-hop. Veteran rhyme-slinger Ludacris was on hand to present the honor to the Houston legend whom he called one of “hip-hop’s best storytellers”
The 44-year-old rhymer was short on words during his acceptance speech. At the podium, he thanked his rap peers and fans who were in attendance.
“I’m not (expletive) without y’all,” he said while raising the award in the air before walking off. Then he was arrested in Atlanta moments after leaving the stage!
Apparently Scarface has warrants and was not supposed to leave the state of Texas.
Sources tell Freddy O 10 sheriff deputies were waiting for Scar as soon as he got off the stage.
Before the event, Rick Ross told AP that Scarface is a true legend in the rap game. “He helped build a culture,” he said. “I look up to him. I learned a lot from him.”
There were also several recorded BET Cyphers, which featured such rappers as Eminem, Erick Sermon and Redman. But the beatbox session with Doug E. Fresh, Nicole Paris and Rahzel earned the most applause, according to AP. Anywho take a look at the Red Carpet Fashions below
The 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards will air on BET on Oct. 13 at 8PM ET.
New Music Video: Tweet "Won't Hurt Me"
Soulful Southern Hummingbird Tweet is embarking on a musical comeback with her fourth album Charlene. The album's lead track is the acoustic guitar-driven jam "Won’t Hurt Me.”
The song is about two ex-lovers involved in a vicious fight. Tweet is giving a voice to woman who realizes that the man who she once loved is intentionally attempting to scar and kill her spirit. She looks him in the eyes and says, “Do whatever it is you gotta do, it won’t hurt me."
Girl Preach! As far as we can tell, Tweet is going the indie route so we're sure she'll roll out a full press campaign with more details about her project in a matter of months. In the meantime, we know her album Charlene is due in early 2016 and her voice is just as flawless as ever.
Did Nick Gordon Inject Bobbi Kristina with Lethal Drug Cocktail?
Shocking new details from the civil lawsuit filed against Nick Gordon in the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown…
From 11 Alive: Bobbi Kristina Brown died after Nick Gordon injected her with a toxic mixture and then placed her unconscious in a bathtub, new documents in a civil lawsuit allege.
The new allegations are made in response to Nick Gordon’s motion to stay discovery proceedings in the civil lawsuit filed by Brown’s conservator. Discovery is the legal procedures used to gather evidence for a lawsuit.
The Braxtons Announce Christmas Album
This is the first time in 25 years that all five sisters, Toni, Tamar, Towanda, Trina and Traci, are all on the same album. The Braxtons, the uber talented, award winning musical family, is coming together for a special Christmas album aptly entitled Braxton Family Christmas out October 30, 2015 on Def Jam Recordings.
This is the first time in 25 years since The Braxtons launched their storied individual careers with their song “Good Life” in 1990 that all five sisters, Toni, Tamar, Towanda, Trina and Traci, are all on the same album.
The stunning Braxton Family Christmas album will feature originals “Under My Christmas Tree” and “Every Day Is Christmas” as well as classic covers, such as “This Christmas” and “O Holy Night,” that will arrive just in time for the holidays (Full tracklist below).
The Braxton’s brother, Michael Braxton Jr, will also join his sisters on the album for the full Braxton family experience. Braxton Family Christmas will be available for pre-order on October 16 with all digital retailers.
The Braxtons teased the release of the Christmas album on their smash hit television show, Braxton Family Values, on WeTV this past season. The show just wrapped their fourth and most watched season ever with over 1.5 million viewers per episode.
For more on The Braxtons and their forthcoming Christmas album, please visit www.DefJam.com.
Braxton Family Christmas Tracklist1. This Christmas
2. Every Day Is Christmas
3. Mary, Did You Know?
4. O Holy Night
5. Last Christmas
6. Blessed New Year
7. Under The Christmas Tree
8. This Christmas (Braxton Family Version)
Will this be a stocking stuffer for you?
Awwwww, Usher and Sons Carve Halloween Pumpkins
Who knew pop singer Usher Raymond was an expert at carving out Halloween pumpkins? The 36-year-old father of 2 made Halloween a family affair by carving out pumpkins with his sons Naviyd Ely, 6; Usher Cinco, 7; and his wife Grace Miguel, 46.
Usher posted these adorable photos on his Instagram account his morning.
Nothing went to waste. Grace used the pumpkins guts to make mouth watering pumpkin pies. Yummy!
In Hip Hop Music News:STREAM IT! The Game’s The Documentary 2 Album [LISTEN]
Despite all the drama that surrounds his life, the Game consistently drops new music. The Compton rapper’s new album, The Documentary 2, is out today and you can stream the whole thing below.
The sequel to his 2005 debut features appearances from Ice Cube, Dej Loaf, Kanye West & more.
Also, the Game will be dropping The Documentary 2.5, a 17-track “companion album,” on October 16. Said project features Lil Wayne, Scarface, Nas and more, and can be pre-ordered right here.
Listen to The Documentary 2 below.
OOPS! El Chapo Puts $100M Bounty On Donald Trump’s HEAD!
Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is still somewhere enjoying life, and probably a cerveza and taking in a soccer game. He’s also managed to find time to reportedly put a $100M bounty on the head of Donald Trump.
Reports Latina: El Chapo escaped from maximum security prison in Mexico earlier this year via ventilated, lit tunnel that exited in a house construction site nearly a mile away. The Mexican drug lord has evaded capture, and now appears to be doing some investigative work of his own.
According to TeleSurTV, El Chapo has increased the bounty on Trump’s head to a steep $100 million. An unnamed told the source that the drug lord was “mad” about Trump’s inflammatory statements about Mexicans.
“He wants Donald Trump dead,” the unnamed source added. “And he will pay any amount of money to have Donald Trump’s head.”
The threats have yet to be confirmed, although a Trump employee told Gossip Cop that the threat “is no joke.”
AND FINALLY FROM THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART FILES
‘THE FIFTH ELEMENT’
Halloween on a budget makes me smile more than it should. Sick Leeloo costume bro.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK AHEAD EVERYBODY!!!